After 1,000 pounds of cotton, three tons of peanuts, and 40 years of hard work, a local farmer has won Georgia Farmer of the Year.
Barry Martin of Hawkinsville says he was surprised when he got the call, saying he was a "small fish in a big pond." Judges called him "a conservation tillage perfectionist."
Martin enjoys using environmentally friendly techniques that maximize his land use and also save time and money, which he says allows him to manage his 600 acre farm almost all on his own.
It's not the first time Martin has won awards for his farming. Last year, he flew to New York to accept an award from the Planters Peanut Company. Earlier in his career, he and his brother won a local "Outstanding Young Farmer Award."
He says in a small town like Hawkinsville in Pulaski County, everyone knows one another and that he has been getting a lot of congratulations around town for his achievement.
When we asked what keep him going in the farming industry he simply said he loves what he does and that he "lives to farm."